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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers; Revised edition (November 12, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849920795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849920790
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More thought in that direction would have made a stronger book.
Ann W. Unemori
This book help me to understand the amazing grace which is given by Jesus Christ to people.
Dennis
A lot of non- Christians could benefit from reading this book- it is an eye opener.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
The authors have compiled quite a compendium of information regarding the impact of the life of Jesus Christ on the world and its checkered history. Although we may have heard or read of some of the information contained in its pages, this book takes the time to research many of the sources of that information and relates it in a very clear way. It also points out that, even though Christ was perfect, His followers are often flawed. Without overlooking the foibles of these followers and the "church" in general, Kennedy makes us step back and examine a world without the Incarnation. The book points out that even detractors of Christianity use many of its tenets to either live by or apply extra-biblicly. It is a great resource for Christians to have in their library. Probably more than that, it is a book that is geared to the skeptic or person who believes that the effects of religion, Christianity in particular, have been detrimental to human development. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know how God intervenes in the affairs of human beings and His effect upon our present world.
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27 of 38 people found the following review helpful By C. Willms on August 1, 2000
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I must say this book was not exactly what I expected. I guess I was looking for a detailed analysis on what life might have been like if Jesus had never happened, but instead I was treated to a litany of what Christianity has accomplished.
I don't for a minute dispute the claims Mr. Kennedy makes primarily because the evidence is all around us. There is no doubt that many of the laws, institutions, traditions and notions spawned by man's love for Christ has raised the human condition beyond anything that could have been imagined before Him. It is also a fact that wherever Christianity has gone freedom, wealth and love of neighbor soon follow. If you think about the worst poverty, disgusting living conditions and religious and human persecution that exists on Earth today it is in countries where they've have no positive exposure to Jesus Christ. Many countries like Sudan, India, China and many Arab states openly persecute Christians. These are not nations fleeing immigrants are dying to get into like they are the Christian nations of Europe and North America.
Kennedy does tend to preach to the choir throughout the book and I doubt a skeptic or non-believer would be swayed by his arguments. Still, most of the facts presented can not be so easily disputed. Skeptics have a way of focusing on one or two negative aspects and declaring the whole Jesus movement as bankrupt. Would these people say the same about the American experiment? If so, then thanks to a certain President, the America we love has been completely discredited.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 17, 1999
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This book does a fine job of describing the positive impact of Jesus Christ upon Western Civilization, offering very specific examples relating to modern issues - role of women, slavery, economic reform, just to mention a few. It is exceptionally readable and useful for any layperson. Some limitations include a very limited schope, for example, most examples rest in the era of Roman empire and the misuses of Christian power as it became a dominant religion were glossed over.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kent C. Matthews on January 6, 2011
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This book deals with an issue that our culture needs to consider. Our world is a better place because of Christ working through His people. However, Kennedy was too general in his discussion. I believe his book would be more powerful if he had given more details. As one who is interested in history, I find this book lacking in historical context.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam T. Calvert on January 20, 2014
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On the one hand, I would say this is a truly great contribution to the idea that Christianity has a place in transforming the world for good - not in a "social gospel" sense but in the sense that the gospel truly transforms the lives of individuals who then use the grace given them to transform society.

The book was published in 1994 to answer the simple question, "What if Jesus had never been born?" For all the animosity that is out there toward Christianity and how it's been a disservice to the world, there is much to be seen and understood from this book as it provides ample evidence to the contrary.

In the introduction the book posits the problem: "We live in an age in which only one prejudice is tolerated -- anti-Christian bigotry. ... Today, the only group you can hold up to public mockery is Christians. ... But the truth is: Had Jesus never been born, this world would be far more miserable than it is."

Chapter one gives an overview of the book.

Chapter two shows that it was Christianity that elevated the value of human life (or maybe better stated - re-elevated it to what it was originally created to be). It is the Christian faith that gives dignity and meaning to every human, whether in or outside the womb, whether fully functioning at maximum health or suffering some debilitating disease or harm brought on by the fall.

Chapter three concentrated on Christianity being the major driving force in history to helping the poor through charitable acts of mercy.

Chapter four showed that the rise of education was due to Christianity's influence on every culture to which it came. When written language was there, they would translate the Scripture into that language.
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